I'm quite curious about everyone's general feelings about Visio. I see so
many job descriptions where Visio is a required software skill for IA or
IxD's and I just don't get it! What is the obsession with Microsoft
that as a standard? When did it become a standard?
Personally, I can't stand Visio, and I won't to use it to mock up wireframes
or process flows. I find that powerpoint can be very useful because you can
send those to anyone. And I particularly like using Flash to make mocks,
because both the designer and coders are happy with Flash too. Designers
can add a layer to my frames and start putting in graphics and interface
elements. The coders can use the pixel guides to break it down into CSS.
Visio in the hands of a somewhat decent IA, but with really horrible
awareness for interaction design, can just become a nightmare.
Anyway, I don't understand how a field so new, could have job req that limit
the types of tools we use in our practice.